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Top 5 Tablets to Consider Before Buying the iPad mini [July, 2014]

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:32

Top 5 Tablets to Consider Before Buying the iPad mini [July, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Rumors suggest that the iPad mini with Retina Display will be replaced by a new iPad mini 3 later this year. Until that day arrives, the iPad mini with Retina Display will remain one of Apple’s best mobile products and a device worthy of consideration. That said, there are some competitors that we think prospective buyers need to check out before taking the plunge with Apple’s current tablet.

At the tail end of last year, after months and months of rumor and speculation, Apple announced two brand new tablets ahead of the holiday shopping season and Black Friday. One, the iPad Air, replaced the iPad 4 as the company’s large screen 9.7-inch model. The other, the iPad mini with Retina Display, a device that, as it name suggests, brought a Retina Display to the company’s 7.9-inch line for the first time.

The iPad mini with Retina Display is arguably the best tablet that Apple has ever made and it’s a device that, thanks to its hardware and software support, remains a solid option as it approaches its first birthday. It also helps that we’ve started to see some iPad mini with Retina deals emerge in recent weeks as we creep towards the fall.

Rumors suggest that we’ll see an iPad mini 3 release later this year though one isn’t guaranteed. So until then, the iPad mini with Retina Display remains a solid option for those in the hunt for a brand new tablet. It is, however, not the only tablet that consumers should be considering.

The iPad mini 3 could look a lot like this.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which tablets to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the tablets consumers should weigh against the iPad mini with Retina Display. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

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These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the tablets listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

That said, here are the top five smartphones to consider before buying the iPad mini with Retina Display.

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If you're looking to get into the Apple ecosystem, don't want to pay a lot of money, and don't care about the high-resolution Retina Display and the A7 64-bit processor found on the current iPad mini, take a look at the first-generation version of the tablet. It's still very good.

The first iPad mini won't offer you that crisp resolution that the Retina Display offers for games, movies and television shows but its display is still going to be very solid for most tablet users. And while it doesn't have the A7 chip, it's still going to be able to handle most games and content with ease.

iPad mini 1, like the current iPad mini, will be getting iOS 8 in the fall. That, combined with its price tag, make it a device that's worth checking out this month before buying in with the current version.

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Top 5 Tablets to Consider Before Buying the iPad mini [July, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Madden 15 Player Ratings Reveal Top Rookies and Running Backs

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:16

Madden 15 Player Ratings Reveal Top Rookies and Running Backs is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

EA Sports Madden NFL 15 is poised to be one of the biggest console games of the year, especially with the NFL season quickly approaching. Earlier this week EA started teasing and hyping the game by showing some popular rookie players responding to their in-game player rankings, and now we have all the numbers.

EA Sports released a quick teaser video showing some of the biggest names in the rookie class this year. From Teddy Bridgewater and Clowney, to Johnny Football Manziel and more all reacting to the low scores they received for the player ranking in the new game.

Read: Madden 15 Will Reportedly Make You a Better Player

With the August 26th release date quickly approaching more and more fans are getting excited about Madden 15. As promised, each day from now until August 6th EA will release the top 5 rated players from each position for the game, and today we have running backs. Below you’ll see the rookie reaction video, rookie ratings, and which five RBs are the best in the business according to EA Sports.

It’s no secret EA Sports Madden is one of the most popular sporting titles for Xbox and Playstation, and it keeps getting better each and every year. And while the graphics won’t be much improved in Madden 15 over the Madden 25th anniversary released last year, there’s plenty of new features and content gamers should be excited about.

EA claims the graphics will be better, but the important changes will be the new rookie players each team drafted in the off-season, as well as better controls, and a redesigned and truly immesrsive defensive experience. At least according to EA Sports. They’re touting defensive controls will be unlike anything we’ve seen, and make the game even more competitive than it already was.

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That all aside, lets talk about player rankings, since that’s always a big deal with each new release. As promised earlier this week we now have the top 10 rookie player rankings, which were released on Monday.

1. Texans OLB JaDeveon Clowney – 83 Overall, 88 Speed, 92 Acceleration, 86 Tackle, 94 Power Move
2. Rams OT Greg Robinson – 83 Overall, 87 Acceleration, 93 Strength, 94 Run Block, 88 Impact Block
3. Raiders OLB Khalil Mack – 81 Overall, 87 Speed, 80 Tackle, 84 Block Shedding, 87 Hit Power
4. Falcons OT Jake Matthews – 81 Overall, 82 Acceleration, 84 Run Block, 90 Pass Block, 85 Impact Block
5. Bills WR Sammy Watkins – 80 Overall, 93 Speed, 95 Acceleration, 95 Agility, 88 Catching
6. Jets SS Calvin Pryor – 79 Overall, 85 Speed, 89 Acceleration, 87 Agility, 95 Hit Power
7. Rams DT Aaron Donald – 79 Overall, 87 Acceleration, 93 Strength, 86 Power Move, 85 Block Shedding
8. Packers SS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – 79 Overall, 85 Speed, 90 Acceleration, 84 Zone Coverage, 83 Hit Power
9. Titans RT Taylor Lewan – 78 Overall, 87 Acceleration, 90 Strength, 85 Run Block, 86 Pass Block
10. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles – 78 Overall, 73 Speed, 76 Acceleration, 92 Throw Power, 86 Throw Accuracy Short

My man Ha Ha Clinton-Dix makes the list, the Green Bay Packers new explosive Safety, which will join Eddie Lacy who was drafted last year by the Packers and was named the NFL Offensive rookie of the year.

As expected the Texans overall first pick JaDeveon Clowney tops the list with an overall score of 83, which is quite high considering these will all be first-year players. Getting a high 80s or low 90′s score isn’t easy to do, and even players like Adrian Peterson or Peyton Manning have a hard time getting high numbers across the board. That being said, here’s the reaction each rookie had to those numbers shown above.

As we mentioned above, today EA Sports also released the player rankings for the top five running backs in the NFL. As expected Adrian Peterson tops the chart at #1, simply because he’s a beast and can’t be stopped. When you come as close as he did to passing Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, you deserve to be ranked number one.

According to SportsGrid Adrian Peterson comes in first with an overall score of 98. LeSean McCoy took second and is tied with Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles with an overall ranking of 97. Then third does to the enemy at Soldier Field’s Matt Forte with an overall Madden 15 player rank of 95. Last of the top 5 RB’s this year goes to none other than Marshawn Lynch, who’s basically often found eating Skittles on the sidelines and then trucking over defenders on the field. Lynch received a score of 95 just behind the Bears Matt Forte.

Again, over the next few days we’ll see more and more Madden 15 player rankings be released, with the top 5 players of each position being revealed from now until August 6th. Then pre-season starts, weeding out the weak begins, and Madden NFL 15 hits consoles starting August 26th. Who’s ready?

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Madden 15 Player Ratings Reveal Top Rookies and Running Backs is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


AT&T 4G LTE Still the Best Choice for iPhone Users in San Francisco

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:01

AT&T 4G LTE Still the Best Choice for iPhone Users in San Francisco is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

AT&T 4G LTE is still the best choice for iPhone 5s buyers in San Francisco. While I don’t recommend buying a new iPhone until the iPhone 6 is released, those that absolutely must buy a new iPhone before then should select the AT&T iPhone 5s if they’re able to. That’s because I’ve found that the AT&T iPhone 5s has the best consistent reception and download speeds out of all four major wireless networks.

I’m one of a handful of people that actually uses and carries devices on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon regularly. My initial experience with AT&T was pretty poor back when I bought my first iPhone, but the wireless carrier’s really improved its service in San Francisco over the past four years or so. If you’d told me five years ago that AT&T would be my favorite wireless network in San Francisco in the future, I would’ve thought you were crazy.

The above video is a quick demo of all four of my iPhones running the Speedtest app in the Marina neighborhood, just across the street from the Chestnut St. Apple Store. I recorded this video in October of 2013, just after Apple released the iPhone 5s. As you can see, the speed tests were a mixed bag, with only T-Mobile delivering speeds faster than 10 Mbps. Sprint scored about 7 Mbps, while AT&T hovered around 4 Mbps. Verizon had some real problems in this test, but speeds at this location have drastically improved. AT&T’s 4G LTE speeds were uncharacteristically slow at this location and have since picked up considerably.

As I always note in my speed tests, coverage and speeds can vary from block to block and house to house. There’s no magic network in San Francisco, a city that’s notoriously rough on wireless signals because of its numerous hills and old buildings.  But after spending almost a year with the iPhone 5s, it’s clear that AT&T is the best choice out of the four.  The AT&T iPhone 5s rarely drops voice calls and I’m almost never left wanting for more speed. The exception to this is when I attend tech industry events that are overrun with thousands of geeks taxing wireless networks. Verizon’s 4G LTE network delivers extremely fast speeds in some areas, but is extremely slow in others. T-Mobile and Sprint are both mixed bags, with smaller pockets of acceptable speeds.

Sprint seems to have the biggest holes in its 4G LTE coverage and it drives me crazy.  Yesterday I was carrying several devices when I was on 2nd St. in San Francisco, just a few blocks from Twitter’s headquarters and in the midst of several other tech companies. The area’s a technology hotbed and the neighborhood is where both Google and Apple launch major products and hold their annual developer conferences. While I waited in my car outside of an advertising company’s offices, I fired up the Facebook app on my Sprint iPhone 5s to see what photo a friend of mine had liked. It took a ridiculous amount of time to load up the image. My AT&T iPhone 5s loaded the image instantly.  It’s pretty frustrating that I can’t take advantage of my unlimited Sprint data plan in my home city.

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Another very important issue to consider is that the AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 5s models are the only ones that feature simultaneous voice and data. The Sprint and Verizon versions cut off their data connections while they’re being used to place or receive voice calls. This can be a problem for people trying to collaborate on work or just plan where to meet someone for lunch. We’re hoping this issue will finally be resolved when Apple releases the iPhone 6 this fall.


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AT&T 4G LTE Still the Best Choice for iPhone Users in San Francisco is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6: Hands On With Cases that Fit

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:25

iPhone 6: Hands On With Cases that Fit is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

New proof that Apple plans to announce a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with curved edges and a new design arrived in our mailbox today in the form of seven iPhone 6 cases from a company with a track record for knowing what smartphones will look like before the company announces them.

We first saw these iPhone 6 cases arrive on Amazon in July, and now we have them in to try on the iPhone 6 mock-up that is the product of iPhone 6 rumors and leaks.

These Spigen iPhone 6 cases fit on the iPhone 6 mock-up that we used to compare to the iPhone 5, but it is a tight fit, which suggests the actual iPhone 6 is slightly thinner than our mock-up.

Hands on with iPhone 6 cases that fit the rumors and our mock up.

It’s not a surprise to see cases or accessories for a new iPhone well in advance, but the reason we are excited about these iPhone 6 cases is the track record of Spigen. In 2013 Spigen shared Nexus 5 cases with us ahead of the Nexus 5 announcement, and the cases fit the Nexus 5.

That reveal was closer than two-months to the iPhone 6 release date, but reports indicate Apple is almost ready to start manufacturing and the company is well along in the process for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. This means leaks and sources can share the iPhone 6 dimensions and design with Spigen, who can in turn make the cases we show off below.

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The Spigen iPhone 6 cases are designed for an iPhone 6 with curved edges and a power button on the right side, which matches leaks and iPhone 6 rumors. The left side includes a new volume button area that accommodates the thinner volume buttons and the orientation switch.

With the iPhone 6 mock-up in these iPhone 6 cases it is clear that Spigen designed them based on the same iPhone 6 rumors and leaks, but it is for a phone that is thinner than our mock-up. It is not surprising to see a small difference like this present between an iPhone 6 case and the mock-up that we purchased from China, which is made to less strict quality control than an actual iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 cases form a company with a good record for early access match current rumors.

Given Spigen’s track record in delivering accurately designed cases ahead of a smartphone announcement we are further convinced that the iPhone 6 design matches the iPhone 6 mock-up and the recent iPhone 6 rumors we reported on.

The gallery below shows the iPhone 6 cases and an iPhone 6 mock-up as well as iPhone 6 cases next to the iPhone 5s to show the size difference between the old iPhone and the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 release date is reportedly on for September, after an announcement in the second or third week of the month. We expect the 4.7-inch display that these cases are designed for, with a 1704 x 960 Retina resolution that is a boost from the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. We do not have any iPhone 6 cases for the 5.5-inch iPhone that rumors suggest is on the way, but possibly arriving after the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Above you’ll find links to our iPhone 6 comparisons using the iPhone 6 mock-up, that fits inside these Spigen iPhone 6 cases. If you want to see how the new iPhone compares to your device, this is a great place to start.

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iPhone 6: Hands On With Cases that Fit is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


OS X Yosemite & iOS 8 Release Dates Not Linked

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:30

OS X Yosemite & iOS 8 Release Dates Not Linked is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will be tightly integrated with one another, thanks to a new Apple initiative called Continuity which allows both OSes to piggyback features off of one another, but a report say that the two operating system will launch separately anyway.

Many features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 heavily rely on one another, including Handoff, which allows users to make and receive phone calls from their iPhone on their Macs via Bluetooth, as well as the ability to send and receive regular SMS text messages over iMessage on OS X.

With these features and Apple’s “Continuity” initiative, it makes the most sense that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite be launched at the same time so that users can take advantage of all the features, but that could end up not being the case.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple may be planning on a similar release timeline like last year, when iOS 7 was released in September and OS X Mavericks was launched a month later in October. Sources tell 9to5Mac that this will also be the case for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

Last year, iOS 7 was released on September 18, while OS X Mavericks was released on October 22. We’re not sure when exactly iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will launch, but it’s expected that there will be about a month apart between release dates. iOS 8 will most likely be released a few days before the iPhone 6 launches, while OS X Yosemite could arrive on the same day that Apple holds an iPad event, just like the company did last year.

The public will be able to try out OS X Yosemite starting tomorrow, as a public beta is releasing to one million lucky users who signed up. There’s still time to sign up, but if you haven’t done it already, there are most likely a ton of people in front of you who already have.

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A couple of days ago, it was rumored that the public beta for OS X Yosemite would be released at some point this month, and it turns out those reports were true. OS X Yosemite has been available to registered developers for quite a while, but tomorrow will mark the first time that the OS will become available to the public before its official launch later in the fall.

Of course, it’s not recommended that you test beta software on your main device, or you can as long as you have Yosemite installed a separate partition. We have a handy how-to guide on how to install OS X Yosemite and try it out without ruining your current OS X setup. You can either create a separate partition on your Mac, or run Yosemite off of a USB flash drive, both of which are good options, but the flash drive might be the easiest for most users.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite was announced and unveiled back in early June during Apple’s annual WWDC developers conference where the company showed off a slew of features that users can expect out of the new operating system, including a complete design overhaul and tight integration with iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.

If the same timeline from last year will apply to this year, users will be able to get iOS 8 in September, but will have to wait a whole month before they’ll be able to take advantage of all the features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Of course, a month isn’t a very long time, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see many users become impatient over the staggered release schedule for the two pieces of software.

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OS X Yosemite & iOS 8 Release Dates Not Linked is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPod Touch 6th Generation Release MIA as iPods Languish

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:27

iPod Touch 6th Generation Release MIA as iPods Languish is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Even without an iPod touch 6th generation release date last quarter Apple sold 6% more iPods than in the previous period, but there is still a major decline in iPod revenue and unit sales that suggest Apple needs to deliver a new iPod touch 6th generation or decide what to do with the aging iPod lineup.

Despite a small uptick from last quarter iPod sales are down 36% from the same period in 2013 and revenue is down 40% for the iPod line. This is the largest year over year decline of any Apple product in the Q3 2014 earnings report.

The small uptick in iPod sales is easily attributable to the new iPod touch 16GB model sold for $199 with a camera and the price drop on the larger capacity models. Although these may appear to be a new iPod touch, it is not the iPod touch 6th generation that many users are hoping for.

Although it is tough to pinpoint why certain products aren’t selling, it’s easy when you look at Apple’s aging iPod line. Despite an increase over last quarter sales are down dramatically due to the lack of a new iPod touch 6th generation and thanks to consumers choosing iPhones or iPads instead of an iPod touch.

iPod sales are down dramatically without an iPod touch 6th generation release.

The current iPod touch 5th generation is nearly two-years old, just like the iPhone 5, and it uses the same Retina display and older A5 processor. Apple plans an iOS 8 update for the iPod touch 5th generation, but the device still shows it’s age compared to faster devices on newer Apple processors, especially for users that want to play games on the iPod.

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Earlier this year Apple cautioned iPod sales would be low, due to the lack of a new iPod touch 6th generation. Since that time multiple analyst roadmaps and strategies do not include an iPod touch 6th generation and one report suggests the iWatch will replace this device in the fall.

A roadmap for the iPhone 6 release from Ming-Chi Kuo did not include the new iPod touch at all. Christopher Caso, analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, pointed to an iWatch instead of an iPod touch 6th generation release in late 2014. Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities also outlines an iWatch that will arrive instead of a new iPod touch in 2014.

Does Apple still care about the iPod touch?

Although the iPhone is an alternative for many users looking for better performance and more connectivity it is not a direct iPod replacement for many. The iPad mini is portable, but not as pocketable as an iPod touch. Gotta Be Mobile reader Anne explains why she is waiting for the iPod touch 6th generation release date.

“I’m limping along with my adored 4th generation Touch and no way am I going to replace it with gen 5. But the day generation 6 becomes available I’ll be one of the first in the door to  buy one. I will NEVER buy a smartphone and tie myself  down to a contract. My Touch serves me fine, I just want an update and more memory and faster processing and a MUCH better camera.”

If Apple does plan to offer a new iPod touch in 2014 the fall is when we could see it. We expect an iPhone 6 release date in late September, with a larger screen. It is possible Apple will announce an iPod touch update at this time, but not a given. In October there is chatter about an iWatch event or a new iPad event, where a new iPod could also arrive. Even with these potential events, there is not enough information to suggest the iPod touch 6th generation release date is on the horizon at this time.

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Demand for the iPhone 6 is the highest in years according to a recent survey, thanks to consumer interest in a new design and a larger screen.

iPhone 6 rumors started back in 2012, exploded in 2013 and as we move within six months of a rumored iPhone 6 release the rumors are starting to align and show a better picture of what consumers can expect from the most anticipated Apple product of 2014.
Two Models with Bigger Screens
iPhone 6 rumors, reports and analyst notes all point to an iPhone with a larger screen and many of the reports suggest Apple is planning to release two iPhone 6 models in 2014.

General consensus is Apple plans to offer an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a higher resolution than the iPhone 5s. That is a screen size jump of .7-inch and would put the iPhone in line with top Android phones like the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5. Rumors do not agree on a resolution for this display, but do expect that it will be higher than the 1136 x 640 resolution on the iPhone 5s.

Another iPhone 6 model with a 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch display is also rumored for 2014, but many sources agree that it will arrive after the 4.7-inch model. This screen would be closer in size to the Galaxy Note 3 and the rumored Galaxy Note 4. This concept above from Martin Hajek includes a curved display, but don't expect that on a new device.
Possible iPhone 6 Features & Specs
Rumors suggest Apple is planning a thinner iPhone 6 that will be between 6mm and 7mm thick, a drop form 7.6mm on the iPhone 5s. We could also see more metal in the design and a power button on the right hand side with new style volume buttons on the left.

Expect an Apple A8 processor that delivers a small speed boost, but also delivers better battery life thanks to a improved efficiency. Ming-Chi Kuo believes we will see 1GB of RAM and an 8MP camera that may include some type of image stabilization.

For more check out our iPhone 6 Rumor Roundup.

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iPod Touch 6th Generation Release MIA as iPods Languish is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Get the the Xbox 360, Xbox One Destiny Beta

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:12

How to Get the the Xbox 360, Xbox One Destiny Beta is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta starts early for all users today and the Xbox Destiny beta codes are now available to redeem for the Destiny Beta on almost any Xbox. This guide will show you how to get the Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta download.

You’ll need a Destiny pre-order for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One to gain access to the Destiny beta. After you order you get a nine-digit Destiny Beta code that you can redeem with Bungie for a Destiny beta download code. The Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta code unlocks three digital downloads, so you can use one and share two with friends.

Read: Destiny Beta Tips & Tricks

Every Destiny preorder includes Destiny beta access. You need two preorders to play on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but you may be able to trade a code with someone else. The Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta is included with any version, even Destiny special editions.

The Xbox Destiny beta is now available.

In addition to Destiny beta access, there is another Destiny preorder bonus that includes early access to weapons and gear. On Saturday July 26th there is a special chance to earn a Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta emblem and other specials that carry over to the full version this fall.

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We’ll show you how to find your Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta codes and how you can redeem the Xbox download code from your computer or your console. It will take a while for the Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta download and there is a chance for possible problems, but there is hope that Bungie locked these issues down during the PS4 beta.

What You Need for the Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny Beta

You need a Xbox One or Xbox 360 for the Xbox Destiny beta and a preorder of the game from a participating retailer. If you have yet to preorder Amazon is your best bet.

Here’s what you need for the Xbox 360, Xbox One Destiny Beta.

Amazon emails the Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta codes instantly. GameStop prints the code on your receipt, which is also fast if you go to a store. best Buy dropped the ball earlier and it is unclear how fast they will respond now.

It works on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, but not on the Xbox 360 Arcade, Xbox 360 4GB or Xbox 360 Core systems.

How to Sign Up for the Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny Beta

Start the Xbox 360 and Xbox One Destiny Beta sign up.

1. When you have the nine-digit Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta code from the retailer you need to go to the Destiny beta page and start the code redemption. This turns one Destiny beta code into three destiny beta download codes.

2. Sign in with a Bungie ID or make a new one with PSN, Xbox Live, Google or Facebook.

Verify your email to get ready for the Xbox Destiny beta.

3. You aren’t picking the console that you will use, so you can link it up to any account you want. You’ll pick the console and region later.

4. Verify your email address with Bungie. This is where your codes are emailed. They are also available in your Bungie profile.

Enter your 9-digit Xbox 360 and Xbox One Destiny beta code.

5. Enter the Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta code from your preorder into the box.

6.  If it is correct you will now see your profile with redeemed Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta codes. Here you will also see your three Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta download codes after you pick the console and region you want to use.

Copy your Xbox Destiny beta code so you can redeem it on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

7. The Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta started early and it is now live as of 8 PM Eastern on July 22nd. The Destiny beta runs through July 26th at midnight Pacific.

How to Redeem the Xbox Destiny Beta Code

On the Xbox One or Xbox 360 you can go to the Xbox Live store to enter the 25 digit code. You can also do this online on

Click on this link to redeem a Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta download code and paste the 25-digit code from your account or email.

Here’s how to redeem the Xbox Destiny beta download code online for your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Confirm that you want to use this and it will start the Xbox 360 & Xbox One Destiny beta download. The Destiny beta takes a while to download, and you may need to open the Destiny beta to continue the installation.

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If you can't wait for the Halo 5 release date in 2015, you can get a spot in the Halo 5 beta with a single purchase.

Halo 5: Guardians is the new Halo game for the Xbox One, which will arrive next year as an exclusive that many gamers cannot wait to see. Although there are no shortage of shooters, Halo is the game that started it off for many players.

When is the Halo 5 Beta & How do I Join?

The Halo 5 beta starts on December 27th, 2014 and runs through January 22nd. The beta is not closed in the traditional sense, but you do need to spend money to get a Halo 5 beta key.

That key comes with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes all four Halo games on one disc. this even includes a Halo 2 Anniversary edition with updated graphics on Multiplayer maps and the single player mode.

The Halo:Master Chief Collection release date is set for November 11, 2014 and the games will run at 1080P 60FPS with multiplayer options on dedicated servers. This will let you play your favorite games online, with the friends you used to play against. These include the original multiplayer maps and all DLC.

To get in you need to buy the Halo Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. Although they sell an Xbox 360 version it is nor part of the Halo 5 beta program.


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How to Get the the Xbox 360, Xbox One Destiny Beta is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


Xbox Destiny Beta: What To Know & What to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:54

Xbox Destiny Beta: What To Know & What to Expect is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Last week, buyers of Sony’s PS4 gaming console finally got the opportunity to try the Destiny Beta, a late test version of the final game that’ll be arriving this coming September. There’s been a lot of talk about the game since then. Unfortunately, owners of Microsoft’s consoles have had to sit on the sidelines, wondering if the game is worth pre-ordering just to get into the beta and asking if Bungie studios really can pull off a hit game after Halo.

Luckily, the Xbox Destiny Beta launched a bit early. Here’s what Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners who have pre-ordered the final version of Destiny can expect once the Destiny Beta begins.

Don’t Expect the Xbox One Destiny Beta to Look as Good as the PS4 Version, Yet

Early in its life cycle, Microsoft got itself into lots of trouble. Before ever launching the console, Microsoft decided to take a decent bit of the Xbox One’s processing power and put it towards processing commands and gesture for the Kinect 2 sensor that every Xbox One included. The result was a user experience that allowed anyone to give the console hand or voice gestures at any time. Reportedly, it also kept some Xbox One games from being as good-looking as what’s available on the PS4.

Recently, Microsoft made changes to the software in charge of managing resources on the Xbox One, and Destiny will be one of the first games to take advantage of those changes. Users will still be able to give their console voice commands, but developers will also be able to take some of the processing power that was reserved for gesture tracking and use it for their games.

The final version of Destiny will run at the same resolution as the PS4, according to Bungie. That being said, that’s something the developer is hoping for by release date. The Destiny Beta will still run below what the PS4 version does. That’s not a big deal considering Xbox One users will only be allowed to play against Xbox One users, ensuring there are no resolution advantages. Still, it’s a bit of a letdown for users who were hoping to judge the final game’s graphics best on this beta test alone.

Don’t Expect Your Progress to Carry Over

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Not only will the graphics in the final version of the Destiny Beta be different for Xbox One users, their character might not be the same either.

What users are getting their hands on in the Destiny Beta are early versions of the play mechanics. As such, Bungie hasn’t made it clear if it plans to let users keep their progress from the Destiny Beta. It’s easy to understand why. If Bungie has to make some changes to a core game play element like aiming, it doesn’t want to muddle player’s statistics and rewards for the final game. Making a change and not resetting the player progression could leave a big caveat beside each achievement a user earns.

Maintaining a fair balance is important in console gaming, but it’s especially important for Destiny. The game mixes different elements of first-person shooting and online RPGs. At the center of the RPG experience is earning special costume items. Users can’t claim bragging rights for those items in the final version of Destiny if Bungie has made it easier or harder to obtain them.

Don’t Forget To Download the Companion App

In the last couple of years, we’ve really seen video game developers struggle to add second-screen experiences to their games. Part of the reason everyone is trying to extend their console games to the smartphone is because, it’s a golden opportunity. Many gamers have them nearby while playing, so to do people watching others play.

The Destiny Companion App focuses on making the game available to users where they are. With the app users can manage their character’s inventory, organizing what they want to keep and ditch the items they no longer need. They can also track their Guardian’s progress and look for friends and family who are also playing the Destiny Beta. There’s even a Kill to Death meter for tracking how decent the last few games have been for you.

All of this is provided free to iPhone and Android users.

Read: 3 Destiny Videos That Prove You Should Pre-Order

The Destiny Beta promises to be the biggest event of the year for Xbox One and even Xbox 360 users. This is the studio who created Halo¸ after all. Destiny takes so much from PC online multiplayer and marries it with the action and accessibility that console players expect that it’s hard not conclude that it’s the most ambitious gaming coming this year.

The Destiny Beta will end on June 27th. Users can expect the final version of Destiny to launch on September 9th. When it does, it’ll be available on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. Destiny players on Sony’s PlayStation consoles get first access to extra content in the game’s two downloadable content packs.

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Battlefield Hardline & Dragon Age Delayed

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:46

Battlefield Hardline & Dragon Age Delayed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age Inquisition for the PS4, Xbox One and PC have been delayed.

For weeks, Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age Inquisition have been slated for releases in 2014 ahead of the holiday shopping season. Battlefield Hardline, EA’s follow up to Battlefield 4, is heading to PS4, Xbox One and PC. The company’s Dragon Age Inquisition also figures to be a key title for the PS4, Xbox One and for PC gamers. And while both titles will still arrive down the road, those that pre-ordered are going to have to wait longer than first expected as the games have both been hit by unexpected delays.

Dragon Age Inquisition was originally slated to be out on October 7th but according to executive producer Mark Darrah, the game has been postponed to November 21st in the United States and November 21st in Europe. According to Darrah, the extra time will enable the team to put out a more polished product for the Xbox One and PC.

That has meant completing huge amounts of game content, fixing bugs both big and small, and improving the overall experience. This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero’s choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on.

Those that pre-ordered the game early will now see their expected release dates shift to late November. While the Dragon Age delay puts the game about a month out from its original date, the Battlefield Hardline delay is much worse.

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When EA launched Battlefield 4 alongside the PS4 and Xbox One last year, the game was plagued with bugs that rendered it unplayable for many users. EA and Dice, the company that developed the game, received numerous complaints and the companies were forced to issue apologizes and several patches to alleviate the issues. Given that experience, it appears that the company is playing it much safer this time around.

DICE’s VP Karl Magnus Troedsson today announced that Battlefield Hardline will be delayed into 2015 so that the company can work out kinks and push the game even further. The delay comes several weeks after the company launched a beta so that players could provide feedback on the game before its eventual public release.

The company says that it has scoured over that data and ultimately, it decided that it was best to delay the game so that it could implement several changes including:

  • Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We’re going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.
  • Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we’re spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper “crime revenge” story experience.
  • Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we’re going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.

The company does not offer any specifics in regard to the delay only that the title will miss the holidays and will be issued sometime next year. The company is quick to note that the delay does not impact its current title, Battlefield 4, and that its fourth expansion dubbed Dragon’s Teeth will still be released on July 29th as scheduled.

Fortunately, the holiday lineup for both the Xbox One and PS4 is still strong with games like Madden 15, FIFA 15 and Destiny all set for release later on this year.

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Top 5 Phones to Consider Before the iPhone 6 Release [July, 2014]

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:50

Top 5 Phones to Consider Before the iPhone 6 Release [July, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple iPhone 6 release date rumors continue to point to a launch in September followed by a release in the same month. With the iPhone 6 launch likely just weeks away, it’s important for consumers to start doing their homework and here, we take a look at five phones to consider ahead of Apple’s brand new iPhone release.

In June, Apple took the stage and announced new products including its brand new iOS 8 update for iPhone and iPad. Apple introduced a number of new iOS 8 features, put the update into its beta program and then revealed that the iOS 8 release date would take place sometime this fall. It did not disclose a specific release date.

From past iOS releases, we know that Apple likes to release new iOS software alongside brand new iPhone hardware and with iPhone 6 rumors pointing to the fall, the company’s hand appears to have been tipped ahead of time.

The iPhone 6 release date isn’t set in stone but all signs are currently pointing to at least one iPhone 6 launch, and release, during the month of September. iPhone 6 rumors have pointed to an arrival on September 19th or September 25th though a specific date is far less certain than the company’s iPhone release window.

The iOS 8 release is linked to the iPhone 6 release.

As we’ve pointed out, there are some compelling reasons to wait for the iPhone 6. And while consumers can just sit back and wait for Apple to release its new iPhone, we suggest doing some homework ahead of the iPhone 6 release to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. In particular, we highly recommend checking out the iPhone 6′s opposition as we get closer to launch day.

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The iPhone 6 looks like it will almost certainly be able to compete against the biggest names in the business. From its larger display to its new design to an upgraded camera, iPhone 6 rumors peg the next iPhone as more than just an incremental upgrade. And while current devices probably won’t exactly match the iPhone 6 spec sheet, there are some devices that will be able to keep pace, devices that we think need to be on your radar this month and in the weeks ahead.

Here, we take a look at the devices we think you need to weigh ahead of the iPhone 6′s release. Some of you will probably walk out empty-handed, others may wind up with a brand new phone not called the iPhone 6.

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Earlier this month, the LG G3 arrived in the United States. And while it didn't receive the same fanfare as the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 did earlier this year, the LG G3 might just be better than the both of them.

LG's G3 is an impressive specimen and a device that we consider one of the best smartphones on the market. In our eyes, it might just be the best Android has to offer. That alone makes it worth checking out.

However, the fact that consumers can now get this device for $100 on-contract, or $100 less than the expected iPhone 6 price, makes it a device worth looking at this month. Even those who go into a store, take a look, and walk out empty handed will be doing themselves a service. This device will truly be one of the iPhone 6's top competitors.

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Top 5 Phones to Consider Before the iPhone 6 Release [July, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Ford Smart Key Demo

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:22

Ford Smart Key Demo is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

One of the most convenient technology features in a new car is a smart key that automatically unlocks your doors, truck and includes a push button start. All of this works while the smart key is in your pocket so there’s no need to fumble around when you’re in a rush.

We spent the last week using the Ford smart key in the 2014 Ford Focus ST, which is a fun and sporty small car that offers a practical alternative to sports cars thanks to a large are of storage in the truck.

Read: Ford Focus ST Review

The Ford smart key is officially known as Ford Intelligent Access, but like a smartphone can do more than a regular phone this smart key can do more than a regular key.

This is a Ford smart key, which is an Intelligent Access option on many new Fords.

Ford packed MyFord Touch and other tech features in the 2014 Ford Focus ST, but the Ford smart key solution is one standout feature that is too amazing not to share.

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In the video below we show what the Ford smart key can do, if you equip your car with Intelligent Access when buying it. This is how the Ford option works, but you can also find similar smart key options from other manufacturers.

The Ford Intelligent Access key actually looks like a remote found on most cars, but it is all you need to unlock and start the car. I use a similar smart key on my Ford Fusion and combined with a smart door lock I only need to carry a keyfob when I am around town. No keys to jangle in my pocket and scratch up whatever gadget I am carrying.

In order to get a Ford Intelligent Access key you’ll need to opt for a higher trim level like the Ford Focus ST in this demo or a Titanium or Limited option where Ford packs in more options for the user. It may also be available as an upgrade on some other trim levels.

This smart key works on the Ford Focus ST, with a push button start.

A Ford smart key delivers four main features on cars with automatic transmissions, and three on a manual transmission vehicle like the Ford Focus ST.

  • Unlock doors when you touch the front handles.
  • Open the trunk or hatch when you touch the handle.
  • Push button start feature included.
  • Remote Start by pushing a button on automatic vehicles.

The only frustration with a Ford smart key is that most vehicles don’t equip the rear doors with sensors, so you’ll need to remember to grab a front door handle on your way to the passenger door before putting in cargo or kids. If your passengers re faster than you, they’ll often arrive at a locked door assuming you’ve unlocked the car with a remote press, but that’s not an issue that bothers me during daily use.

You can also press a button to use the smart key.

On the 2014 Ford Focus ST, the push button start proved even more handy than on an automatic. While getting used to the sport clutch and stalling a few times I discovered a push button restart was easier than grabbing a key and cranking. On the Ford Focus ST and other manual cars you’ll push the brake and the clutch to start. On an automatic, like most cars, you just push the brake in and press the start button.

There is a real key hidden inside the Intelligent access key that you can use to get in if the battery is dead. And you can place the key in a special spot on the steering wheel where a normal key would go, or in the console, where you can hold the key to start the car, as outlined in the video above.

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Microsoft Reveals New Winning Xbox One Ad

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:18

Microsoft Reveals New Winning Xbox One Ad is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Xbox One has failed to sell more than Sony’s PS4 for months. In June Microsoft decided it would start pushing games and selling the Xbox One at $399 to stabilize its sales base. As a new ad reveals, the company is now hoping to recapture a bit of its lost swagger by galvanizing its most loyal fans with new game footage and a speech about winning from the movie Rocky Balboa.

Microsoft first starting airing this new Xbox One ad over the last week. The ad is important because it’s the first ad that gets away from the all-in-one entertainment message that Microsoft had been pushing before and after the Xbox One launch last fall.

Read: Xbox One Ad Campaign Officially Launches

There’s no real world footage of users holding an Xbox One controller or telling their console to change the channel using the Kinect 2 sensor. Instead, this winning Xbox One ad is an homage to everything that’s going right with Microsoft’s console: games. There’s a short clip from Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, and Assassin’s Creed: Unity.


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During the entire ad, Sylvester Stallone can be heard giving a speech about the nature of winning.

“Let me tell you something you already know,” he says. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It will beat you to your knees if you let it. Nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But, it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

The advertisement ends with Stallone screaming “That’s how winning is done,” while words on the screen read “The best games of the year live on Xbox One.” Again, the entire speech, is taken from Rocky Balboa, the sixth film in the Rocky franchise.

This new ad seems to be as much of a message to longtime fans as it as a way to get new console gamers to pick up the Xbox One. The Xbox One took a beating in its first year from longtime Xbox 360 fans and gamers. Microsoft was forced to ditch its game sharing plans late in the console’s development cycle when potential buyers reacted negatively to a restriction that would have forced them to connect their Xbox One to Xbox Live every day to play their games. Sadly, that gaming share was going to be one of the highlights of Microsoft’s approach to next-generation gaming.

Microsoft seems ready to start acting like the underdog that it is. It’s certainly making moves that an underdog would make. In June it made two important changes to the Xbox ecosystem. First, it announced that cheaper $399 Xbox One bundle that drops the Kinect 2 sensor. Microsoft then matched what Sony was doing in the online gaming space. It stopped requiring users to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use entertainment apps, then revealed a refreshed version of Games with Gold that lets users download free titles and play them as long as their Xbox Live subscription is active.

Whether this ad, new attitude and cheaper console will be enough to overcome the PS4 remains unclear. Microsoft is going into the fall and winter with a limited set of exclusive titles. Of the four games showcased in this new ad, only Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive are exclusive to the Xbox One. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare buyers on the Xbox One will get downloadable content ahead of PS4 players too, but that’s hardly an advantage worth choosing an Xbox One for.

Today’s ad once again points out that the Xbox One is now available at just $399. Users who purchase that version of the console will be able to buy a Kinect 2 sensor separately at some point in the future. The $499 Xbox One with Kinect 2 sensor is still available.

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Samsung Mocks iPhone 6 Rumors in New Ad

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:05

Samsung Mocks iPhone 6 Rumors in New Ad is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the past few months the iPhone 6 rumors have continued to arrive, and recently they’re at full speed with talks of a larger 4.7-inch display, and maybe even a larger 5.5-inch iPhone variant.

More and more reports have surfaced claiming the iPhone 6 will indeed have a large 4.7-inch screen, and we’ve seen various panels, prototypes, and dummy units to back up those rumors. Finally, a large-screen iPhone could finally be coming in 2014. That being said, smartphones with big, bright, 1080p HD displays have been available for a long time, and Samsung’s taking a moment to remind everyone of that.

Read: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6 Video

Earlier this year Samsung announced the company’s all new Galaxy S5 with a beautiful and brilliant 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080 full HD display. One that replaced the 4.99-inch 1080p screen with the Galaxy S4 from 2013. With more and more rumors talking about a large 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 6, Samsung’s using them to take shots and poke fun at Apple.

Lately we’ve been hearing the large 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has been delayed, and won’t arrive around the same typical iPhone release date as originally expected. That is, if the rumors of a large phablet-sized iPhone were true to begin with. That said, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is still on track, and Samsung’s having a little fun with it by reminding prospective buyers that are patiently awaiting its arrival that a big screen is nothing new.

Samsung’s last three major smartphones have all launched with screens bigger than the upcoming iPhone 6. The Galaxy S III from 2012 had a bigger screen coming in at 4.8-inches, and Samsung wants the world and all its Apple fans to know it. Just released this week is a brand new ad spot called “Screen Envy” where they joke about Apple being two years behind, and remind buyers to check out their latest Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.

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Samsung’s add starts off with one loyal fan excited about an iPhone 6 with a larger display, but then reminds those watching that iPhone owners have had screen envy for over two years. They continue by saying a bigger, better display was right in front of them the entire time. Of course Samsung’s talking about its new Galaxy S5, but the same argument applies for many of their smartphones released over the past two years. From the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy Note 2 and more.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Samsung take the attack approach towards Apple, but with a large iPhone 6 quickly approaching they’re back on the defensive thinking and are in full attack mode. The new Samsung ad goes as far as joking about Apple using those fancy words to describe the next iPhone, by saying it will be “awesome” or “blow your mind” then once again flashes the all-new Galaxy S5 on the screen.

Read: iPhone Battery Life Bashed in new Galaxy S5 Ad

The incoming iPhone 6 will have a larger display, run a brand new and highly improved iOS 8 operating system, and have tons of new features we’ve never seen before. One being that nearly indestructible sapphire crystal display covering your now larger 4.7-inch screen.

It may have a bigger display and be durable, but the larger, better, 5.1-inch full 1080p HD Galaxy S5 (that’s also water-resistant) has been available all along, and Samsung is making it known.

It’s clear that Samsung and Apple are fighting tooth and nail for smartphone buyers these days, and this ad is a sign that Samsung’s worried about the new iPhone 6. Even if it does end up being everything and more that Apple users are waiting for, rumor has it a new Galaxy S5 Alpha is in the works to steal even more consumers to the Samsung side.

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Samsung Mocks iPhone 6 Rumors in New Ad is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Moto G Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Continues in the U.S.

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:10

Moto G Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Continues in the U.S. is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With Google’s Android 4.4.3 KitKat update now behind us for most Nexus devices, manufacturers are busy pushing out updates to the brand new Android 4.4.4 KitKat that was announced and released last month. The Android 4.4.4 KitKat update has only been available for a few weeks, but more and more release details are starting to emerge for those in the United States.

Last month, Google finally rolled out the often-rumored Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, but then a few weeks later surprised everyone and delivered another update which is now the current and latest available. That is Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and only Nexus devices and a few Motorola smartphones in the US have been updated.

Read: Best Cheap Android Smartphones [July, 2014]

While carriers around the globe have been busy pushing Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates out, those in the United States have been patiently waiting with no release details being provided. Last week Verizon pushed Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the DROID linup, and now one more Moto smartphone on Verizon is up next. The Moto G Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is now available.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat is a small update for Android 4.4.3 users that brings security fixes, but it represents a massive bug fix update for those that did not receive Android 4.4.3 KitKat. That’s what makes it important. Many devices are skipping right over 4.4.3, and even devices like the Moto G with 4.4.3 on board, the update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat is an important one for security reasons.

Last week French carrier SFR announced the Moto G would be receiving Android 4.4.4 KitKat in the coming days, and now at least one carrier in the United States is doing the same.

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We’ve been hearing reports and rumors for a few weeks that Verizon would be quick to issue updates to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and Motorola is leading that charge. While all US Moto X, G, and E users are still on 4.4.3 KitKat, the Verizon Moto G started receiving the latest security update this afternoon.

According to multiple sources the Verizon Moto G Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is now rolling out, and hitting handsets as we speak. While we’ve yet to see Android 4.4.4 KitKat arrive for the Moto X in the US, userrs of the Moto G on Verizon will be happy to see this arrive. As we mentioned above it’s mainly a massive and important security fix, but we’re hearing that isn’t all that’s included.

The Verizon Moto G Android 4.4.4 KitKat update improves security, patches some bugs, but will also improve camera performance and quality. Users have started to report that their devices received the update this morning, and we can expect it to continue its rollout all week long.

Like most updates, Motorola and Verizon have yet to formally announce anything, to keep users from getting their hopes up. That being said, now that the Moto G Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is starting to emerge owners can expect it to arrive today, or some time over the course of the next two weeks. Typically users get it within 5-7 days, but it can take up to 14 to arrive to all owners.

Read: Moto G Review

When Google released Android 4.4.4 KitKat just weeks after Android 4.4.3 started arriving it messed up the release and update plans for many manufacturers. From Samsung, to HTC, Sony and even Motorola. The DROID Ultra lineup saw long delays and eventually received an update last week, and we can expect more to start rolling out in the next month.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat is Google’s latest official release, which is expected to eventually be replaced by the Android L release sometime this fall. For now though, this is the latest version available and those with a Verizon Moto G can expect to see it sooner rather than later.

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Moto G Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Continues in the U.S. is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Elegant iPad Mini 3, iPhone 6 Concepts Bring Rumors to Life

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:02

Elegant iPad Mini 3, iPhone 6 Concepts Bring Rumors to Life is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPad Mini 3 and iPhone 6 rumors offer hope for exciting new Apple products in 2014 and two new concepts from the man who made iPhone concepts exciting offer a look at what the current rumors suggest is on the way.

iPhone 6 rumors tell us Apple is working on a new design for 2014 with curved edges and a larger screen. There are no shortage of new iPhone 6 rumors as release date details, parts, photos and even iPhone 6 videos arrive almost daily.

iPad Mini 3 rumors are not as frequent, but we do expect a new iPad Mini Retina for 2014 with the same high-resolution screen as the current model, but with Touch ID and possibly a new design.

Check out these new iPad Mini 3 and iPhone 6 concepts.

In a new series of images Martin Hajek shares his vision for the iPad Mini 3 and iPhone 6, based on various leaks, rumors and other information. These are not iPad Mini 3 and iPhone 6 photos, but for buyers that wonder what the new iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 3 might look like, Hajek offers a realistic look at what Apple might offer.

Stunning iPhone 6 Concepts

In this collection of iPhone 6 concepts Hajek adds some spin to the leaked iPhone 6 mock ups and schematics to show a look that is new, but still true to the iPhone look we know.

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An iPhone 6 concept sits atop a gold iPad Mini 3 concept.

Instead of ugly lines along the back of the iPhone 6, Hajek shows a second color of aluminum or possibly glass. iPhone 6 rumors suggest the black lines are not final, and Hajek’s iPhone 6 concept imagines a much nicer look for the final design.

Another update we see here is a circular dual-LED flash. The iPhone 6 mock ups and most leaks show a circular flash, and Hajek’s version of this includes an Amber LED on top and a white one on the bottom, but in the circle shape that matches the iPhone 6′s camera opening better.

This iPhone 6 concept shows a design similar to iPhone 6 rumors.

The overall shape of this iPhone 6 concept matches the leaks with curved edges, but not an actual curved display. The edges also reflect a rounder design than the iPhone 5s.

Gorgeous iPad Mini 3 Concept

This collection of iPad Mini 3 concept images shows a design that borrows from the leaked iPhone 6 details, with similar curved edges and round corners. The iPad Mini 3 rumors do not include detailed design information yet. It is possible that Apple will stretch out the iPad Mini Retina design into a third model, but there is also reason to believe that Apple will match the overall iPhone 6 design as well.

A new iPad Mini 3 concept shows what the tablet could look like if it borrows from the leaked iPhone 6 design.

In the iPad Mini 3 concept from Hajek we see edges that curve just like the iPhone 6. This is a change from the chamfered edges on the iPad Mini Retina and the iPhone 5s. As we don’t know exactly what the iPad Mini 2014 update will look like this concept shows a comparison between an iPhone 6 inspired iPad Mini 3 and an iPad Mini 3 with the same look as the current model and Touch ID.

The most certain upgrade for the iPad Mini 3 is a Touch ID sensor. Multiple rumors point to this feature on all of Apple’s mobile lineup in 2014. The iOS 8 update expands the use of this feature, which is further evidence that Apple will add it to the new iPad Mini.

The gallery above compares the iPad mini 3 with an iPhone 6 design to a less updated iPad Mini 3 design. The rounded edges are a major part of the difference, but there is also no orientation lock switch on either concept. This matches a leaked iPad Air 2 back, although that back still showed a chamfered edge.

For more on the new Apple products consumers want in 2014, check out the slideshow below, where you’ll see details on the iPhone 6, iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 and others.

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Demand for the iPhone 6 is the highest in years according to a recent survey, thanks to consumer interest in a new design and a larger screen.

iPhone 6 rumors started back in 2012, exploded in 2013 and as we move within six months of a rumored iPhone 6 release the rumors are starting to align and show a better picture of what consumers can expect from the most anticipated Apple product of 2014.
Two Models with Bigger Screens
iPhone 6 rumors, reports and analyst notes all point to an iPhone with a larger screen and many of the reports suggest Apple is planning to release two iPhone 6 models in 2014.

General consensus is Apple plans to offer an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a higher resolution than the iPhone 5s. That is a screen size jump of .7-inch and would put the iPhone in line with top Android phones like the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5. Rumors do not agree on a resolution for this display, but do expect that it will be higher than the 1136 x 640 resolution on the iPhone 5s.

Another iPhone 6 model with a 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch display is also rumored for 2014, but many sources agree that it will arrive after the 4.7-inch model. This screen would be closer in size to the Galaxy Note 3 and the rumored Galaxy Note 4. This concept above from Martin Hajek includes a curved display, but don't expect that on a new device.
Possible iPhone 6 Features & Specs
Rumors suggest Apple is planning a thinner iPhone 6 that will be between 6mm and 7mm thick, a drop form 7.6mm on the iPhone 5s. We could also see more metal in the design and a power button on the right hand side with new style volume buttons on the left.

Expect an Apple A8 processor that delivers a small speed boost, but also delivers better battery life thanks to a improved efficiency. Ming-Chi Kuo believes we will see 1GB of RAM and an 8MP camera that may include some type of image stabilization.

For more check out our iPhone 6 Rumor Roundup.

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Elegant iPad Mini 3, iPhone 6 Concepts Bring Rumors to Life is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


Dance Central Spotlight Release Date is September 2nd

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:46

Dance Central Spotlight Release Date is September 2nd is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Xbox One owners hoping to find a great party title for even casual gamers to enjoy are in luck. After months without a new game exclusively for the Xbox One’s Kinect 2 sensor, today Harmonix Music announced that the Dance Central Spotlight release date is September 2nd.

In addition to announcing the Dance Central Spotlight release date, Harmonix also announced other coveted details about the latest game in its dance franchise exclusively for Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. WhenDance Central Spotlight launches, it’ll cost users $9.99 from the Xbox Games Store. That being said, there won’t be any retail versions for users to purchase at GameStop, Best Buy or Wal-Mart.

Dance Central Spotlight release date buyers can expect 10 free tracks to dance to when they download their copy from the Xbox Games store. Most of those run the gamut of what’s popular in rap and hip-hop music. There’s Cher Lloyd’s “I Wish,” Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” David Guetta’s “Titanium,” “Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” Lorde’s “Royals,” OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and’s “That Power.” Again, all of that music comes with the game free.

Harmonix Music says users can expect 50 additional songs to be available as downloadable content for Dance Central Spotlight on release day. Xbox One owners who purchased previous versions of Dance Central for their Xbox 360 console will find that those songs show up in Dance Central Spotlight over time. Harmonix Music isn’t promising that songs purchased for past versions of Dance Central will be available on release day, just that they’ll arrive free of charge to users who’ve already paid for them on an on-going basis.

Each Dance Central Spotlight song includes custom choreography that’s timed to the music players hear. The idea is to execute the moves on screen with as much accuracy as possible. The game allows for a bit of slow timing, but the closer users get to executing a dance move flawlessly the higher their score is. At the end of the song the game tallies up player’s scores and gives them a rating. Unlike past versions, each song in Dance Central Spotlight will feature eight different dance routines for users to enjoy. New Fitness Modes will also ensure that Xbox One owners can use Dane Central Spotlight as a fun way to supplement their work out routine.

That Dance Central Spotlight release date comes and goes successfully is absolutely crucial to the Xbox One’s success. Mostly that’s due to Microsoft’s own failures with the Kinect 2 sensor. Microsoft included the sensor in the original Xbox One bundle as a way to reel-in casual gamers. The idea was the same as the Xbox 360 with Kinect sensor bundle that Microsoft launched a few years ago. By removing the controller, more of the family can enjoy gaming on the Xbox One. Dance Central Spotlight is one of only a handful of games that use the Kinect 2 sensor as a complete replacement for the Xbox One controller.

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The only other two available this year are Fantasia: Music Evolved and Kinect Sports: Rivals. Fantasia is actually another music game based around the Disney movie of the same name. Kinect Sports: Rivals lets Xbox One owners bowl, rock climb and jet-ski against friends and family without having to pick up a controller. It arrived on store shelves earlier this year to somewhat mixed reviews.

In early June Microsoft announced a $399 Xbox One console without a Kinect 2 sensor. This new $399 Xbox One bundle is meant to give users who don’t want motion gaming a cheaper option. If Microsoft wants users to purchase that $499 Xbox One console it’ll need to deliver more decent games built around motion gaming. Xbox 360 users won’t need to upgrade to the Xbox One to play Dance Central Spotlight. It’s coming to the Xbox 360 at some point too.

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Dance Central Spotlight Release Date is September 2nd is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 Release Date Details Solidify on September

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:15

iPhone 6 Release Date Details Solidify on September is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new iPhone 6 release date rumor continues to put the focus on September for the new iPhone in China, which will likely arrive at the same time as a U.S. iPhone 6 release date.

Multiple iPhone 6 release date rumors already point to September 19th, 2014 and now a flyer shows two new iPhones with a date of September 19th.

The iPhone 6 release date details continue to solidify on a single date in September, as we move within 2 months of the potential iPhone 6 release date.

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At this point we are in the period where a real iPhone 6 release date could surface, but this latest leak is merely supporting evidence. We’ll need more details and information than a flyer to deliver the smoking gun that outlines the exact iPhone 6 release date and price.

A flyer matches existing iPhone 6 release date rumors.

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The new iPhone 6 release date rumor arrives from Weibo, a Chinese social network that is the source of many iPhone 6 rumors. Although this lines up with the earlier iPhone 6 release date leaks, this could simply be a flyer that some user designed in Photoshop using iPhone 6 concepts.

It would also not be the first time that a third-party retailer created flyers for an unannounced iPhone or smartphone based on rumors. GSMInsider shares the flyer showing the iPhone 6 release date as September 19th and the iPhone 6 price in China.

The flyer shows a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 price of roughly $850 USD and $1,011 for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. These are prices in CHina without a contract.  Although some rumors suggest Apple plans to boost the iPhone 6 price in the U.S. it is unlikely the company plans to increase the price by this much in the U.S. It is also quite likely that Carriers will offer an iPhone 6 price of $199 on contract for a smaller model.

This is sketchier iPhone 6 release date rumor, as recent leaks suggest the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release may come later in the year or possibly as late as 2015. We share this as additional prep for an iPhone 6 release date in the fall, that lines up with multiple rumors and Apple’s earlier iPhone release timing.

The iPhone 6 release date could arrive almost two-years from the iPhone 5 release.

In late July Reuters reported Apple plans to hire over 100,000 workers through a partner company who assembles the iPhone. This is to start iPhone 6 production with a timeline suggesting the September 19th iPhone 6 release is achievable. This rumor arrived just as word of an Apple Store opening in September and on the heels of many other interesting iPhone 6 release date rumors.

Additional iPhone 6 release date rumors that point to September 19th include;

A late September iPhone 6 release date makes sense for Apple’s fiscal year as well as matching up to the past two iPhone release dates. Apple’s fiscal year ends on September 27, 2014. An iPhone 6 release date on September 19th would allow 10 days of iPhone 6 sales before Apple closes the books on a year with few new Apple releases.

Expect many updates to the iPhone 6.

We also expect to see iOS 8 arrive just a few days ahead of the iPhone 6 release to bring new features to the iPhone 5s and other older devices. This could also time up with the OS X Yosemite release date, which will bring additional

iPhone 6 rumors point to multiple iPhone 6 models in 2014 to better compete with Samsung and other companies offering multiple size devices. The iPhone 6 design suggests a thinner iPhone with curved edges and rounded corners as well as a power button on the right side. Inside we expect an updated Apple A8 processor with more power to enable new iPhone 6 features not found on the iPhone 5s and iOS 8. Look for a camera upgrade and Touch ID added to the new iPhones. The display will likely include a Sapphire cover or component making the iPhone 6 more durable.

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iPhone 6 Release Date Details Solidify on September is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Save Your iPhone from Water Damage

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:49

How to Save Your iPhone from Water Damage is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you accidentally dropped your iPhone in the sink or the toilet, not all hope is lost. Here are some ways to recover it from most kinds of water damage.

As you may have learned growing up, water and electronics don’t mix at all, so it’s usually a good idea to not play with your gadgets while going for a swim or taking a shower. Of course, more and more smartphones are becoming waterproof and water resistant, and companies believe we should embrace the fact that both water and smartphones are big parts of our lives.

However, the iPhone is certainly not waterproof by any means, and even a quick dump in the toilet can be catastrophic. The good news is, while every case of water damage is different, not every dip in the dunk tank will result in a completely broken device.

This is why many users aim to recover their iPhones from water damage by trying all sorts of tricks to dry their devices off as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage. Of course, once water touches the handful of water sensors on the inside of the iPhone, it’s resell value drops significantly, but if it still works and you plan on keeping the phone, then you don’t really need to worry about that.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to recover your iPhone from water damage and make sure that it still works even after being completely submerged.

Immediate Steps to Take

There are a lot of important steps to take between the time that you take your iPhone out of the water and when you leave it out to dry:

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  • Shut It Down: Immediately power down your iPhone after you take it out of the water (that is, if it’s still working). This prevents the possibility of the device short circuiting.
  • Open the Flood Gates: Anything that can be removed from your iPhone, remove it. This includes the SIM card tray. Doing this allows any water on the inside to escape more easily.
  • Empty It Out: Get out as much water as possible by shaking your iPhone, blowing on it, whatever you have to do. You may look like an idiot, but it’s worth it in order to save your iPhone.

Don’t Bother with Rice

You have probably been told countless times that burying your iPhone in uncooked rice will absorb the moisture from your iPhone and help it dry quicker, but regular ‘ole air-drying actually works far better.

So where did the rice trick myth come from anyway? A cellphone repairman says that he mostly tell customers put their phone in rice “so that they aren’t trying to charge it to get it to come back on. Attempting to charge your phone because it won’t turn on after dropping it in water is a sure way to short the board and make sure it won’t work again.”

He says that if you have a food dehydrator around, it arguably does the best job at removing moisture from your water-damaged iPhone, simply because that’s its job in the first place.

Alternatively, simply leaving your iPhone out to dry is the next best thing to do, and a fan can aid the process along. It’s recommended that you keep in a dry place that isn’t humid, and if you can leave the device sit in a warm area, the heat will help evaporate the water, but just be careful, since the iPhone has a limit of 113 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Apple.

If you still want to dunk your iPhone in an absorption material like rice, Gazelle recommends using silica gel, cat litter, couscous, instant oatmeal, classic oatmeal, or instant rice (as opposed to regular rice). These items do a far better job than regular rice, but they still aren’t the best options when it comes to drying speed, as a wet sponge can dry faster than an iPhone in cat litter.

Get It Working Again

It’s recommended that you don’t touch your iPhone and let it dry for at least 24 hours, but even then we’d recommend leaving it for a couple of days.

Once your iPhone completely dries, try turning it on. If it turns on and works just like before, congrats! If it doesn’t turn on, there are a couple things you can try.

Charging it for a few hours could give it a kick-start that will allow it to turn on, but it’s possible that the battery could be completely toast. This is where you could swap out the battery for a new one, but seeing as how the iPhone’s battery is internal, you’ll probably want to take it to a repair shop to have that done.

If your iPhone still doesn’t turn on, you may still be able to sync it to your computer, allowing you to recover any important data.


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How to Save Your iPhone from Water Damage is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Use Microsoft Office for Free

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:00

How to Use Microsoft Office for Free is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

It’s no coincidence that one of the first things users ask when they purchase a new device is how to download Microsoft Office for free. Microsoft Office is the world’s premiere piece of productivity software, that one suite of applications that allows users to get more done at work and at home. Thankfully, you can use Microsoft Office for free without a free trial or download thanks to Office Online.

Why Use Microsoft Office Online

Before we discuss how to use Microsoft Office Online to access to Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, it’s important that you understand why Office Online is such a big deal.

To put it mildly, Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity apps are expensive. Buying Microsoft Office Home & Student for a single PC costs a whopping $139.99 and this version doesn’t include all the extras that professionals might need, like the Outlook email and calendar tool. Outlook is only included in Microsoft Office Home and Business, which costs a whopping $219.99.

Users who purchase either of these two versions can only download and install them on a single PC. For people who aren’t comfortable with those prices Microsoft also sells the Office suite of productivity apps as a sort of subscription service. Users who want to install Microsoft Office on one PC pay Microsoft $6.99 a month for access to a full download of Microsoft Office on a single PC. Paying $9.99 a month gets users access to Microsoft Office on as many as five different desktops and laptops.

Either way, both of these options add up to a lot of money spent in the long-term and that’s why Office Online exists and why every user – Mac or PC – should be considering it. It’s a way to get access to Office without jumping through any hopes, and since it relies on OneDrive is an easy way to access documents and presentations on just about any device.

How to Use Microsoft Office Online

Armed with your Microsoft Account username and Password go to the Office Online website.  Click the Sign In button in the top-right corner of your screen.

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Only with a Microsoft Account will your documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets be available to you through Office Online. If you already have a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 installed on a machine than you should use the same Microsoft Account you used in that version of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Accounts are also used in Windows 8, and the Xbox One. Don’t create a new account if you don’t have to.

Once you’re logged in, click on the app icon for the Microsoft Office app you’d like to use. For this example we’re using PowerPoint. Click on the icon that best corresponds to the activity you’d like to complete. If you just need a blank document the plus symbol is what you want to click on, the folder on the far-right will allow you to open documents uploaded to OneDrive. Again, we’re showcasing this in PowerPoint Online but the process is the same for Word Online, OneNote Online and Excel Online.

Every command in each Office Online app is accessed from the bar that floats along the top of the window. Microsoft calls this the Ribbon, because it displays every option to users in a long row that runs from the right to the left side of the screen. Browse around each tab in each Office Online app so that you learn where the important commands are. When using Office Online remember to consider what task you’re trying to complete. For example, if you’re trying to make your slides more attractive in PowerPoint Online, you’ll want to click on the Design tab.  If you think the Ribbon is taking up too much space, minimize it by clicking on the arrow in the ribbon on the far right.

Printing and opening new documents is managed through the File button on the far-left like in other versions of Microsoft Office. Documents created in all Office Online apps are synced from OneDrive.

What to Keep In Mind

Before you commit to using the Office Online apps there are a few key things that you need to know. They’re not reasons to not use Office Online as much as they are warnings and tips.

First, there’s absolutely no Save button in a single Office Online app. At first glance that might seem insane, but you have no reason to worry. Office Online is constantly saving copies of your documents to Microsoft’s servers. There isn’t a Save button because it’s not needed.

Second, Office Online isn’t a native app in the sense that it saves documents and things to your device’s local storage pool. It’s doesn’t. It saves everything to OneDrive, which you can then sync back to your computer. You can also sync things manually but you won’t be able to open them without a Desktop version of Office. If you’re a use who doesn’t spend a lot of time with a decent internet connection that this absolutely isn’t the Microsoft Office version for you. An Office 365 subscription might be better for your needs.

On the other hand, Office Online is perfect for people who aren’t heavy Microsoft Office users in the first place. It’s has just enough features to make it a decent light replacement for a desktop version of Office – provided that there aren’t any advanced features that you need.

Good luck with Office Online and remember to download one of Microsoft’s Office apps on your phone or tablet to compliment the Office Online experience. The iPhone and iPad versions are absolutely free as long as you’re viewing documents that you’ve created.

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How to Use Microsoft Office for Free is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


Can the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Really Replace Your Laptop?

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 17:30

Can the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Really Replace Your Laptop? is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft released the latest in their Surface line recently with the best one yet, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, advertising the 12-inch tablet as “the tablet that can replace your laptop.” But can it really?

After using the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as a primary laptop it replaced a clunky Windows 8.1 Toshiba laptop at work and a brand new 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display with only a few compromises. We’ll look at the strengths and weaknesses of using this beautiful tablet as a primary laptop.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 effectively replaced a Windows 8 laptop and a MacBook Pro.

Here’s Microsoft’s commercial.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12-inch Display

Microsoft included a beautiful 12-inch “ClearType” display with a better-than-HD resolution of 2160×1440. They call it ClearType, after the technology that makes text look super crisp on a display in Windows. The device uses a 3:2 aspect ratio like the iPad, older style laptops and pre-HD TVs.

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The Surface Pro 3 gives users a precise touchscreen with an active digitizer powering the Surface Pen. This makes input easier on tiny buttons and improves handwriting recognition.

The display looks great, like any $1000 computer should. Readers can comfortably see the crisp and readable text even at smaller typefaces. Colors display accurately and look bright and rich, even in direct light.

Bright light makes it hard to see anything other than the user’s refection, but changing the angle of the tablet’s firm but flexible kickstand usually fixes the problem.

Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

Can the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 replace a traditional laptop?

Most external tablet keyboards don’t work as well as a built-in laptop or dedicated desktop keyboards, and that’s true with the Surface Type Cover ($129.99). It takes some acclimation, but after a while typing gets better thanks to well spaced keys, a backlight for night typing and an acceptable touchpad below the spacebar.

After switching from Windows to a Mac and then back with the Surface Pro 3, I like seeing a dedicated delete, page up/down, home, end and arrow keys. Mac and iPad keyboards don’t come with these keys.

If Microsoft wants to advertise the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet that can replace a laptop, they should bundle the keyboard and tablet for one price. The 128GB model costs $999 and the Type Cover adds $130. There’s no excuse for Microsoft not putting both in the box for about $1100. I can just see some unsuspecting victim of the cool commercials buying the Surface without the keyboard knowing better. When she gets home to open the box she’ll wonder where the keyboard went.

The sensitive Type Cover Touchpad can get frustrating until the user turns it down in Settings.

The Type Cover touchpad suffers the same problem many smaller laptops suffer. It sits too close to the keyboard, causing accidental touches. This inserts the cursor at another point in the document leading to unnoticed typos.

Change a setting to fix the sensitivity of the touchpad by swiping in from the right side of the screen to show the Charms Bar. Tap Settings then Change PC Settings at the bottom left corner. Tap on PC and Devices from the list on the left then tap Mouse and touchpad. Settings offers three strategies for fixing this problem.

  1. Turn off the touchpad and use the touchscreen for all pointing. That’s probably going too far, but some may prefer it.
  2. Tap the drop down box at the bottom of the screen and choose Turn off taps so only pressing to click registers a mouse click in Windows. This makes the touchpad do mouse clicks, but never register a tap as a click.
  3. Change the delay between when the user taps on the touchpad and when it starts to respond. The same drop down box offers options for No delay, Short delay, Medium delay, Long delay and Turn off taps. Set it to Long delay to help fix the problem.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Touch Screen and Pen Input

The Surface Pro 3 doesn’t come with anything to hold the Surface Pen unless owners also get the Type Cover which includes this pitiful adhesive loop.

Many laptops today come with touchscreens for Windows 8.1, but few offer a pen input like the Surface Pro 3. This helps with precise selections and touches on controls in Windows software not yet optimized for a touchscreen. We also get some nice handwriting recognition with the great Surface Pen. Using handwriting recognition input in laptop mode presents a challenge.

The lack of a Surface Pen holder is more ridiculous than not selling the Type Cover along with the Surface Pro 3. People must buy the Type Cover to get the terrible little pen holder. It sticks to the Type Cover or the tablet with some adhesive. If people lose their pen when the terrible holder comes off it will cost $55 for both the the $5 pen holder and a new pen at $50.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Design

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 design quality means users get a premium laptop and a large-screen tablet in one device. The magnesium alloy casing, excellent display and fast SSD storage makes this one of the best ultrabooks available today for Windows users. It’s more durable than the low price Chromebooks or budget Windows laptops. It compares nicely to a MacBook Air in speed, quality and durability, even if the design doesn’t look as attractive. The Surface Pro 3 looks industrial, while the MacBook Air looks sleek.

The buttons all feel well placed and don’t get in the way. Connecting USB accessories or a mini display-port cable to the upper right side may get awkward since the cables might get in the way hanging off the upper edge instead of the lower edge. It’s only a minor annoyance.

The Surface Pro 3 charger takes up space like traditional chargers, but it adds a USB charging port as well.

A traditional laptop charger does two things well – charge the computer and take up space. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 charger is bulky like a traditional charger, but Microsoft designed it with a USB port for charging a phone, accessories or another tablet. This means one less plug to pack in a bag.

Making Connections with Surface Pro 3

Microsoft sells $40 adapters to plug in an HDMI or VGA cable to hook up to an external monitor or projector. Windows 8.1 Pro and the Surface Pro 3 supports Intel Wi-Di (wireless display technology). The Actiontec SBWD100A01 ScreenBeam Pro Wireless Display Receiver for $69.99 at Amazon works great hooked up to a projector at work and it’s more convenient than plugging in a cable.

Plug in USB accessories or drives or plug into Ethernet with the another adapter that’s also $40 from Mircosoft. Most modern laptops come with more USB ports and dedicated video or Ethernet ports, but this is less important today than it used to be. Still, that’s one of the compromises Surface Pro 3 owners must make.

The Surface Pro 3 dock turns the tablet into a desktop with one connection.

There’s a $200 docking station that buyers can pre-order for shipping, hopefully by the end of summer. It makes all of these connections easy. Just slide the tablet into the dock and instantly connect to external speakers, a monitor, Ethernet, hard drives or other USB accessories. The Surface Pro 3 also uses 802.11 ac/b/g/n an Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connections to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth accessories.

The Surface Pro 3 back with all the connections a person might need.

Price Comparison and Bottom Line

The current 11-inch MacBook Air with 128GB like my Surface Pro 3 costs $899 but comes with a slightly smaller screen and users don’t get a tablet mode with handwriting and touch built-in. The screen also won’t look as good, since the MacBook Air resolution measures 1366×768.

Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 3 starting with 64GB of storage and a 4th generation Intel Core i3-4020Y 1.50 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 4200. That all adds up to a $799 laptop, about average for introductory level premium Windows laptops. Add a larger SSD, faster processor and more memory and the price jumps to as much as $1949 for 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7 processor.

With only a couple of compromises, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 replaced my old Windows 8 notebook and a MacBook Pro quite well. I’m not ready to sell my MacBook yet, but I’m very happy with Microsoft’s 2-in-1 device.

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Can the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Really Replace Your Laptop? is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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